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CRAPPY CAR SIGHTING: “Sen. Richard Burr’s (R-N.C.) car is a sight to behold (it’s called ‘The Thing’)” — WaPo’s Aaron Blake. The senator explained, “It’ll take more than a fire to stop the Thing. Back on the rd. Alive, well, running like a dream.”

Creepy stalker fanboy says hi to Molly Ringwald

“@secupp PLEASE tell Molly Ringwald I said ‘hi’ #NotACreepyStalkerFanBoyOrAnythingLikeThat” — Conservative blogger and former TWTer Robert Stacy McCain. Ringwald appeared on MSNBC’s The Cycle Thursday.

Breitbart.com editor turns Ben Smith into a verb

“MY LATEST –> Hilariously bad journalism here –> #BenSmithing Paul Ryan: BuzzFeed Story Undermines Its Own Headline.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte on arch enemy BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith. The story is hereWhat flattery! Who doesn’t want to be turned into a verb?

The Defender

“Sorry to see conservatives piling on @JanCBS. I’m a big fan of hers.” — RedState Editor and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson in reference to Jan Crawford.

Journo to attend little sis’ wedding

“The blushing bride is running about two hours late to pick me up at the airport. I’m not saying a word.#dangerzone.” — ReutersSam Youngman upon arrival in Kentucky, where wifi connection will be sparse. The voyage there was potentially iffy. “When people pronounce Louisville correctly (Lulvull), I assume they’re either locals or drunk. Hope my pilot was a native.”

Speaking of weddings…

“I’ll start typing political nonsense again next week… For now I am focusing on not fucking up my best friend’s wedding.” — The Guardian and Salon‘s journo vagabond Jim Newell. What could possibly go wrong?

It’s not you, it’s me.

“If I could generalize about the stuff that’s said and written about him, it’s that it’s usually much more of a reflection of the person who’s doing the writing than it is about him. So it’s possible John Heilemann doesn’t like people. That’s possible. It’s weird.” — Vanity Fair Contributor Michael Lewis on his profile of President Obama to Bloomberg.

OMG: Springsteen Bound!

“Before the ‘OMG I’m a cool kid bc I am at Springsteen’ tweets start tnight, let it be known I liked him when it wasn’t cool back in Texas.” — Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston.

 

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Fmr. Sen. Bradley Irked by Joint Noonan Appearance

Former Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) believes we can all do better, namely CBS, which booked him in a joint appearance alongside WSJ’s Peggy Noonan Monday morning. That wasn’t the deal he struck with them, he told FishbowlDC in a phone interview, sounding blunt and irked. His new book, We Can All Do Better, hits bookshelves today. In it, he describes how everyone can do everything better, citing job creation, deficit reduction, education and immigration. We caught up with him about the Noonan incident, his thoughts on the media, including his SiriusXM radio show, American Voices.

So, you write that we can all do better. Can journalists? Absolutely I think journalists can do better. I‘d like to see journalists focus on the substance of issues and less entertainment. I think journalists share a fundamental responsibility in building America and making it a better. I think the structure of the media has changed. It’s fragmented audiences. They’re not watching general issues. That fragmented audience is matched by the fragmentation in Washington, the cable channels that are so narrow. That is fracturing our unity. You find people playing to the subscriber bases.

Have you ever been badly burned by a member of the media? I was burned this morning. Well, I was told I was going to be on eight minutes on the [CBS] morning show. Last night they said there was supposed to be someone else, Peggy Noonan. I don’t not like Peggy Noonan, but it was not the deal we cut.

What do you want people to take away from your book? I want them to realize that hope is still alive. I’d like them to know that we’ve had difficult problems in this country, depressions, wars, flaws in our democracy and we’ve overcome them all. I wanted to remind people that the American people are mostly good…our political system is flexible enough to solve our problems.. The key is having politicians who put country above party.

In general do you trust the press? The better question is does the press trust politicians? Too often there is an assumption that the politician isn’t telling the truth. There has to be the benefit of the doubt and deep investigative analysis of big things. There’s a Pulitzer in every tax bill and Appropriations bill if you look for it. There’s an opportunity here for a lot of improvement.

Which cable networks do you watch? I watch CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. I love [ABC] Nightline still, and the Sunday shows. I watch them sometimes, not all the time.

Can you name some specific nationally known journalists whom you trust? Well, I think Gretchen Morgenson at the New York Times, her coverage of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae was absolutely wonderful. [Contributing Vanity Fair Editor, author of Moneyball and The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game] Michael Lewis is a great writer who covers important subjects in depth.

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The FishbowlDC Interview With The Daily Caller’s Senior Editor Jamie Weinstein

Say hello to The Daily Caller‘s Senior Editor Jamie Weinstein. You might have caught him on FNC’s “Red Eye,” where he appears approximately every two weeks. He lives in Chinatown but prefers cabs to the Range Rover he rarely drives. A brief duck theme emerges in his interview. Completely unintentional, he claims: “My duck phone ring is because someone changed it as a joke and I decided to keep it.” Weinstein grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. but wasn’t a beach bum. “I didn’t go to the beach very much,” he says. “Just because it’s there. It’s just like in D.C., you have all the monuments but you don’t really go to see them.” He arrived to The Daily Caller after finishing grad school at the London School of Economics, where he earned a degree in the History of International Relations. Out of the blue, he explains, they were looking for a deputy editor. He jumped in with both feet. In June he switched roles from Deputy Editor to Senior Editor. In his former role he worked with the daily stream of newsroom copy. In his new one, he makes TV appearances, writes long form and does more video interviews. If he has his druthers he’d follow in the footsteps of his mentor and boss, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson. “I like what Tucker has done as a career as a writer and on television,” he says. “If I was lucky to have a small part of what Tucker has been able to do, I would be happy.” Career aspirations aside, the weirdest thing about Weinstein may be his penchant for eating tomatoes – he can’t get enough of them. Speaking of who he might like to throw a tomato at, we asked him who is the TV personality he can’t bear to watch. Weinstein names MSNBC’s Ed Schultz. “He might be the worst broadcaster on television ever,” he says. “It’s amazing he has come this far. One, he is clearly not a smart person. Secondly, his voice has a tone that people don’t want to listen to for long periods of time.” Referring to his “Lean Forward” ad, he adds, “I don’t think America needs two shows of Ed Schultz.”

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Bling H20 (sparkling, of course)

How often do you Google yourself? Easier to say how often I don’t Google myself.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I try not to speak to my fellow editors.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? I’ll give you three: Matt Labash, Michael Lewis and Christopher Hitchens. I never miss anything they write.

Do you have a favorite word? No (that’s my favorite word).

What word or phrase do you overuse? the

Who would you rather have dinner with –  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or FNC’s Chris Wallace? It depends. If I’m tired, I would say Chris Matthews — I wouldn’t have to do any talking. Otherwise, Chris Wallace.

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? Bo — he’s closer to the president. He more likely knows President Obama’s innermost secrets and was probably privy to some of his most uncensored comments. If I get a few drinks in him, I am sure he will spill it all. Plus, I prefer Portuguese Water dogs to lapdogs.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Duck (and this is not a joke).

It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry? No, but only because I don’t have a BlackBerry. But I do check my iPhone — want to see if any great Nigerian investment offers have come in.

What swear word do you use most often? Ah, shucks [He assures me he does swear, but doesn't have a favorite.]

If you weren’t a journalist what would you be? The guy who comes up with ideas for reality TV shows.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) Charlie Manson, Pat Buchanan, Charles Barkley and Jackie Mason.

When you pig out what do you eat? I have a strange habit. I eat tomatoes often at every meal. I eat tomatoes with vinegar on it, oftentimes multiple orders. This has been going on almost the entirety of my life. My dad used to have it when I was younger, occasionally. For some reason I eat it all the time.

When did you last cry and why? When John Bolton decided against running for president. Ten years after 9/11, I felt al-Qaida had scored its first victory.

Who is your mentor? [Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief] Tucker Carlson. He will actually take time out of his day to give you advice on almost any issue that arises professionally or not. He’s a great model of what journalists of his stature in D.C. should wish to emulate insofar as when you meet him he makes [you] feel like you’re the most important person in the world.

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Morning Reading List, 10.09.08

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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